Neighbourly wind

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A precedent-setting court case has ruled that people living near wind turbines in Denmark may not sue for damages just because they are neighbours, as long as the existing rules and regulations for installation of wind plant have been followed by the turbine owners. The Danish High Court's western circuit ruled in favour of wind turbine owners in two separate cases. One pitted families against each other in Dyrby, in which a 99 kW turbine owned by ten families was said to have bothered other residents with noise, strobe light reflections and "dominance." The plaintiffs also claimed that the value of their property had fallen because of the proximity of the machines. The case was first heard in a local court in 1992. The other case, first heard in 1993, involved four turbines in Vadum, which were owned and operated by a utility in north Jutland; residents nearby also sued the company for noise, reflection and dominance issues. Judges in each case found that noise limits were under control, and that light reflections and dominance were under the limits for the existing rules for neighbourhood tolerance.

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